The Town of Haysi, Virginia is an incorporated rural town of Southwestern Virginia. Haysi was incorporated on February 17, 1936. Seventy years later, on February 28, 2006, the town’s boundaries were changed to incorporate an additional 1772 acres to the original one square mile. Approximately 498 persons reside within the town boundaries and approximately 15,486 persons total reside in Dickenson County.
The town is located in the coal bearing region of the Appalachian Mountains and nestled at the confluence of Russell Prater Creek, the McClure River and the Russell Fork Rivers in Dickenson County; Virginia’s youngest county, often referred to as “Virginia’s Baby”.
Buchanan County is to the northwest, Russell County to the southwest and Wise County to the Southwest. The state capitol, Richmond, is 362 miles to the east and the City of Roanoke is 188 miles to the northeast, with Bristol, Virginia is 76 miles west of Haysi. The Breaks Interstate Park, one of two such parks in America is managed by both Kentucky and Virginia, is 7 miles west.
State Route 83 travels east to west through Haysi from Buchanan County to the county seat, Clintwood, Va. State Route 80 traverses north and south connecting the Breaks Interstate Park to the town. The John Flanagan Dam & Reservoir can be accessed by traveling State Route 63 Southwest from Haysi.These roadways form a major cross-roads on Haysi’s Main Street making the town a natural hub for tourism and commerce.
Over the years the area’s economic structure has been supported by extraction of natural resources such as coal, natural gas and timber with those industries still comprising a large part of the local economy. A transition from these natural resources to tourism and technology is taking place in the area. The availability of a broadband hi-speed internet service has aided in the expansion of commerce dependent on technology.
The mountainous region is rich with scenic mountain vistas, an abundance of coal heritage and the regions own style of unique bluegrass music. These natural resources offer a variety of entertainment and recreational activities.